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Dawn Butler MP attends unveiling of Millicent Fawcett statue

PICTURED: Dawn Butler MP

DAWN BUTLER MP, Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, attended the unveiling of the Millicent Fawcett statue in Parliament Square on Tuesday (Apr 24).

The statue is the first of a woman to be placed in Parliament Square. Millicent Fawcett was a suffragist who campaigned for women's right to vote during the early 20th Century, following which the 1918 Representation of the People Act gave some women over the age of 30 the vote.

The statue includes Fawcett holding a placard that reads: "Courage calls to courage everywhere."

Butler attended along with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and other Labour MPs, and the event featured a speech by London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Dawn Butler, MP for Brent Central, said: “I was absolutely delighted to join colleagues for the unveiling of the Millicent Fawcett statue, the first woman to be honoured with a statue in Parliament Square, and I would like to thank London Mayor Sadiq Khan for making it possible.

Dawn Butler sat with Jeremy Corbyn and other MPs at the unveiling. (Photo credit: Caroline Teo, Mayor of London)

This is a positive and progressive step in what is an important year, as we mark the centenary of some women getting the vote. This statue will inspire women and send a powerful message.

Millicent Fawcett is the second unveiling of a female statue I have attended, the first being Mary Seacole - the first named black woman to have a statue. As they look across the river at each other I hope that this will be the first of many. In the coming years I hope to see more phenomenal women given their rightful place and commemorated in Parliament Square.

But we know that the fight for true equality has a long way to go, so we must use this statue as motivation to come together and redouble our efforts to build a fairer, more equal society for all. After all, courage calls to courage everywhere.”

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